The world stopped to watch as Notre Dame burned on Monday, April 15. In response to the tragic fire many people sang in the streets, and comforted one another.
Notre Dame is 850 years old It was built over the course of 200 years starting in 1163. The iconic monument receives approximately 13 million visitors a year.
On the evening of April 15, the cathedral caught fire. It’s spire and much of the roof was destroyed. Despite the nail-biting few hours, firefighters were able to contain the blaze and save the cathedral’s two towers. Many precious artworks and relics were removed without damage.
The Paris Prosecutor’s Office said it’s treating the fire as an accident, ruling out arson and possible terror-related motives. The Paris Fire Brigade says the fire was “potentially linked” to the renovation project on the spire.
French President Emmanuel Macron gave an emotional speech stating, “It is the epicenter of our lives. It is the standard from which distances start and from which we can measure ourselves from Paris.”
The cathedral was undergoing a renovation when the fire broke out. Over the years, it’s been restored many times after periods of neglect or war.
Macron vowed that like in the past, France will once again repair Notre Dame.